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Lexington pitcher flirts with no-hitter, Paulino pulled in fourth for Omaha

Updated: 2013-08-19T03:37:20Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Lexington’s Matthew Murray had his no-hit bid broken up when he allowed a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday as the Legends lost 1-0 at Greenville in the second game of a doubleheader.

Lexington won the opener 5-0.

Murray hit a batter with two outs in the first inning, then retired 13 straight before allowing the home run to open the sixth. The Drive added a single later in the inning, but Murray pitched a complete game and struck out seven.

The doubleheader games were each seven innings.

Fred Ford had two of the Legends’ three hits in the second game.

In the opener, Greg Billo scattered five hits in five shutout innings. He had four strikeouts and improved to 2-2 with a 1.19 ERA. Chas Byrne allowed one hit with three strikeouts in two innings.

Ford staked the Legends to an early lead with a two-run homer in the second inning. Mark Donato hit a solo shot in the sixth inning. Ford and Donato both scored twice, and Raul Mondesi had three hits and stole a base. Hunter Dozier added an RBI.

Class AAA Omaha

Felipe Paulino struggled in his rehab start, but the Storm Chasers rallied for a 5-2 win at Memphis.

Paulino, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, walked four, hit a batter and gave up two runs on two hits in 3 2/3 innings. The positive is Paulino struck out six. He threw 82 pitches, but just 48 were for strikes.

Justin Marks, 6-12, gave up three hits in 5 1/3 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts.

The Storm Chasers scored five in the fifth. Irving Falu walked to open the inning and was balked to second. Christian Colon was hit by a pitch and Anthony Seratelli reached on a bunt single. Ben Broussard and Brian Fletcher then hit consecutive two-run doubles.

Brett Hayes, in his first game back with Omaha after a stint with the Royals, added an RBI single. The Royals sent Hayes outright to Omaha on Thursday.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

The Chukars trailed by nine in the seventh inning and nearly came back before losing 13-12 to Great Falls.

Idaho Falls, which fell behind 8-0 in the third inning, was trailing 13-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh when Zane Evans doubled and scored on a double by Mauricio Ramos.

Evans had a two-run double and Frank Schwindel’s three-run homer capped a five-run eighth inning that made it 13-10.

In the ninth, Alexis Rivera walked, took second on defensive interference and scored on a two-out single by Humberto Arteaga. Elier Hernandez and Evans also singled, and that scored Arteaga to make it a one-run game. However, Cody Stubbs flied out to end the game.

Evans, a catcher, had three doubles among his four hits with three RBIs. Hernandez and Schwindel each had three hits and Arteaga added two hits.

Chukars starter Yender Caramo gave up eight runs (four earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Cody Reed allowed three runs in his one inning of work.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Brett Eibner had a solo homer and scored twice, but the Naturals lost 4-2 to San Antonio.

Eibner’s homer, his 17th of the year, tied the game 2-2 in the third inning. Starter Brooks Pounders, who was pulled after three innings, gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

The Missions scored a run in the sixth inning against Jon Keck and one in the seventh against Spencer Patton.

The Naturals had three hits in the game and have seven in their last two games.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

The Blue Rocks were held to nine hits and were swept 3-2 and 2-0 by Potomac in a doubleheader.

Wilmington scored all of its runs in the first inning of the opener. Jack Lopez opened the game with a single, stole second and took third on a sacrifice bunt. Yem Prades’ single scored Lopez, and after an out, Sam Bates doubled home Prades.

Starter J.C. Sulbaran allowed an unearned run in the third inning. He worked four innings total, giving up three hits, issuing three walks and striking out five. Cody Fassold allowed two runs on one hit and three walks in his two innings. Cory Hall pitched a perfect seventh.

In the second game, Daniel Hernandez allowed one run on three hits in five innings of work. He struck out five and walked one. Malcom Culver gave up one run on two hits in two innings of relief.

Wilmington was held to three singles.

Rookie Burlington

Sam Lewis and Jake Newberry combined on an eight-hitter as the Royals won 6-0 at Kingsport.

Lewis, 3-4, gave up five hits and struck out five. Newberry allowed three hits in three innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

Left fielder Desmond Henry had a double, stole three bases, walked twice and scored three times. First baseman Bobby Fisher-Brown had a hit and two RBIs. Second baseman Kevin Kuntz walked three times.

Third baseman Nick Cuckovich and designated hitter Pedro Gonzalez each had a double.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow his updates at Twitter.com/pgrathoff

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